Here are today’s updates regarding the Covid-19 pandemic in the UK and around the world.
- Health Secretary Matt Hancock says a total of 28,734 people have now died after contracting Covid-19 in all settings, a rise of 288 since yesterday.
- Another 3,985 new cases of Covid-19 were also reported in the UK, with a total of 190,584 having now contracted the disease.
- London’s Nightingale hospital is being “placed on standby” as it is believed the capital is past the peak of the outbreak.
- The government is to bring forward tuition fees worth up to £2.6 billion to address universities’ short-term cash flow needs.
- State-backed loans of up to £50,000 are being offered to the country’s smallest businesses from today, with the government paying the first 12 months of interest.
- The majority of company directors surveyed by Deloitte believe there is a high or very high level of uncertainty facing their business. Over 100 finance bosses at some of the country’s largest firms, including FTSE350 companies, were surveyed.
- A new drug developed by UK scientists to treat the novel coronavirus is being trialled at University Hospital Southampton. Initial results on the effectiveness of the drug are expected by the end of June.
- Prime Minister Boris Johnson co-hosted a virtual summit seeking to raise over £6.6 billion in funding for the coronavirus battle.